Find out what Duterte will do in APEC meetings

Published November 11, 2021, 11:08 AM

by Ellson Quismorio

President Duterte will participate virtually in the 2021 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Nov. 11 to 12, a statement from Malacañang said.

President Rodrigo Duterte (Malacañang photo)

According to the statement, Duterte will join his APEC counterparts at the 28th AELM in a high- level discussion chaired by New Zealand to tackle how APEC member economies could work together to accelerate recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and promote an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future for all.

The Philippine president is also expected to participate in the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with APEC Economic Leaders on Nov. 11, and advance the country’s position on addressing inclusion and sustainability challenges posed by the pandemic and climate change.

The leaders joining the meeting are expected to endorse a 21-year plan to implement the Putrajaya Vision for APEC 2040.

The 28th AELM will focus on implementing economic and trade policies, increasing inclusion and sustainability, and pursuing innovation for COVID- 19 recovery.

New Zealand’s chairmanship carries the theme, “Join, Work, Grow. Together. Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.”

The APEC is composed of 21 member-economies: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States of America and Vietnam.